I am delighted to have been interviewed by Alphabet Soup Mag to talk about my newest book, The Lost Smile.

Here’s a snippet of the interview:

Finding the best name for characters in a story can be challenging. How do you choose names for your characters?

Choosing names for characters is HARD. One of my favourite places to visit is the local cemetery (I know that sounds creepy!), and I like to read inscriptions on the tombstones. Sometimes they give me ideas for naming characters and I write names from tombstones down in my little book which I carry everywhere with me.

You can read about my tips for writing picture books and what I do when I’m feeling sad in the full interview here.

Find out more about The Lost Smile at Dixi Books.

You can buy The Lost Smile from the following online retailers:

Book Depository



Fruugo Australia


Or ask your favourite bookshop to order it in for you.

Booksellers and librarians, please contact Peribo Books to add The Lost Smile to your next order 🙂